What’s The Point?
Yesterday, I received an email from a well known website informing me that I was in breach of copyright by posting some of their photos and was told to remove them at once. Well, I’ve spent a couple of hours trolling through my archives looking for the offending material and deleting them. There were a one or two that had identifying tags or watermarks, but the majority had no way of identifying their source. How am I supposed to know where these photos originated? I got them off other blogs. I don’t want to steal anyone’s property or break any laws. This is just a hobby, this silly photo blog. I don’t advertise and I receive no financial support to keep this blog running. I pay for the host server and url. I really can’t think of why I do this blog except for some personal enjoyment. If I have fans or visitors or whatever you call them, I only hope I can give them some measure of entertainment. I surely don’t want to step on toes or incur the wrath of some website by posting their material. I am seriously considering just leaving the blogisphere and closing GomezPatchouly down. Perhaps I am being too sensitive or making too big a deal out of this. I just don’t know how to proceed. If pictures are not marked or identified, then I have no way of knowing who they belong to. This blog, what I used to enjoy and love about it, is slipping away. I have not made my decision yet, and I guess I will sleep on it. If I do close down, it will be gone. I don’t want to be answering angry emails for the next 5 years for a blog I no longer post. I’ll let you all know my decision in a few days. As always, I love all of you.